Senator Ranzenhofer and members of the Senate Republican Conference today launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks important to middle-class families that were eliminated by the Democrats.
The multifaceted petition drive will utilize email and social networking sites such as Facebook, along with creation of a new on-line petition to pressure Democrat lawmakers to restore the rebate checks they eliminated as part of the recently-enacted State budget.
Albany, N.Y. – Senator Ranzenhofer denounced another case of political patronage today as Susan Grelick has been hired by the Senate Majority as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Local Government. The job pays $90,000 per year.
Albany, NY- Over the last several days Deputy Democrat Leader Jeff Klein along with Democrat Senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley have announced that they are going to move forward a bill to restore STAR rebate checks.
"I lead the fight for homeowners, seniors and middle-class families on the Senate floor today and proposed an amendment to the State budget that would have reinstated STAR rebate checks for each and every homeowner in Western New York.
Unfortunately, Senate democrats rejected my proposal, refusing to provide tax relief for homeowners that already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. As a result, families will lose an average of $369 in Erie County and $525 in Genesee County for 2009 in much needed property tax relief.
Albany, NY - With millions of Western New Yorkers working harder than ever to balance their own family budgets—and with businesses struggling to cope with an historic economic downturn, the Democrats have passed a State Budget that includes massive increases in spending and the largest tax increase in state history. The whopping $132 Billion dollar plan increases spending by $10.5 billion or roughly 10% and includes $8 billion dollars in new taxes and fees.
Pictured (from left to right): Dave Uberty, LeRoy Town Supervisor Tim McCulley, Stafford Town Supervisor Bob Clement, Stafford Highway Superintendent Steve Boldt, Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, Genesee County Legislator Jay Grasso, LeRoy Highway Superintendent John Arneth, and Part Owner of George & Swede Company Greg Newell.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Ranking Republican member of the Senate Committee on Aging, announced his support for the idea that New York’s elderly should be allowed to purchase lower cost prescription drugs from outside of the United States. Senator Ranzenhofer has been a strong advocate for our seniors in the State Senate, including his strong advocacy for the restoration of Senior STAR Rebate checks.
“The New York Power Authority’s rejection of a 12.1 % rate increase or more accurately a tax increase on hydroelectric power and cancellation of outrageous bonuses to its employees is a major victory for Western New Yorkers today. The New York Power Authority finally understood Western New Yorkers’ message that it’s absolutely irresponsible for the Power Authority to raise rates while paying out outrageous bonuses to its employees.